Imagine visitng a world class history museum of a city where they did not focus on Frick, Carnegie, or Mellon. Was this a Heinz setup.? They certainly had a major exhibit. Hopefully when they build their addition, they willl wake up and smell the coffee and have a check room or lockers. Even with these negatives it is quite a place-an old ice house. Combine it with a Saturday trip to the Strip District and Penn Macaroni and Wholey Fish Market as well as Pittsburgh's first rate Craft Museum. Cap off this outing with dinner at Lidia's, probably the best restaurant in the city
A couple of things might be interesting to you:
1. the Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
2. the Pittsburgh Symphony
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
[ I've been to one of these concerts, and it was really very good. ]
3. the Mattress Factory - contemporary art
500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
The similarities between Pittsburgh and Venice aren't just the number of bridges (Pittsburgh is 2nd in the world only to Venice in # of bridges within city limits - 720). Both cities also have a Bridge of Sighs.
Pittsburgh's Bridge of Sighs crosses Ross Street between Forbes and 5th Ave. It connects the courthouse with what used to be the old county Jailhouse.
The PPG building downtown is the most recognizable building in Pittburgh. This striking plaza can be seen on most any picture of the 'burgh skyline and is made up of over 1 million square feet of clear reflective glass.
The Andy Warhol Museum is the largest collection of Warhol art in the world and home to most of his major works. Find out what makes Andy, Andy as you find yourself walking through a room with floating Mylar balloons or staring at a wall full of Cows.
Every Friday evening, the Warhol museum is open until 10pm and for a minimal cover charge, you can check out the museum and visit their cash bar. They also put on special programs (concerts, movies, lectures, parties, etc...) every Friday for an additional cost in various parts of the museum.
It's not enough to check out the point from across the rivers, from atop Mt. Washington or while driving across a bridge. To appreciate where you're at, go to Point State Park. Not only will it give you a different perspective of the surrounding areas, but you'll be down near the waterways, standing where our country's forefathers stood. One of the most important forts in the history of our country stood a couple hundred yards behind you. Go visit the museum and get an idea of just how strategic this area was in the foundation of America and the not too distant pass when the rivers running beside you shipped steel down the Ohio.
See 'Pig's Hill'. This hill has a road going straight up at an almost 45 degree angle! When we drove up it, I couldn't believe that cars actually drive on this road!
It's called Pig's Hill because in the old, old days, there were pig farms on the top of the hill, and the farmers used to drive the pigs down the hill, across the bridge, and into the stockyards to be sold.
Any (or all if you have the time) of the Carnegie Museums. The Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History in Oakland. The Mattress Factory, The Carnegie Science Center and The Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side.
The Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History also has a music hall and library. The Science Center has an Omnimax theater. The Warhol also has a movie theater showing avante-garde films.
Shopping. As with many areas of the US, Pittsburgh is becomming overrun with chain stores & restaurants. The downtown area and some outer neighborhoods are making their best effort to resist.
SHADYSIDE: more upscale shopping but also more chain stores. Terriffic bakery. About 4-5 city blocks. SOUTH SIDE: more artsy, definately unique. Lots of coffee shops, good book stores. Many city blocks. SQUIRREL HILL: artsy, tasteful, a large shopping district with everything you need. Family oriented but still funky. Many, many city blocks. OAKLAND (specifically S. Criag St.): only 2 blocks, but very unique and lively.
If your in Pittsburgh you must go to the Civic Arena and see the Pittsburgh Penguins.
When we where here we saw one of the Stanley cup semi-finals games.
I can say it ROCKS!!! I'm a great fan of ice-hockey and this was the ultimate experince.
See the traveloques for more pictures and comments.
The city of Pittsburgh is located on three rivers and has many interesting bridges. (See Photo of Fort Pitt Bridge which goes over the site of British Fort Pitt, hence the name)
Interesting styles of engineering and important if you want to cross any river.
Downtown of Pittsburgh is one of the most distinctive in the US, and has many nice buidlings and plazas.
Since the last 2 years, this mall excists. It is a huge mall with different kind of shops and restaurants. Great detail in this mall are the view spots of internet access. For free.
If it's not season for ice-hockey you can always catch a Pirates-baseball game or a football-game with the Steelers.
Visit the Dusquesne Incline, a veritable museum on wheels.
It travels down Mt. Washington in a most unusual manner. It's kind of like a train sitting straight up in the air!!!
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